City of Swan planning ahead for huge population growth

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THE City of Swan’s population is set to increase by more than half in the next two decades, with plans in motion now to ensure the City can meet the needs for the future.

Figures provided by the City show the population will grow by 64.2 per cent by 2036 at an annual rate of 2.5 per cent, while the Perth and Peel@3.5 million frameworks released show that by 2050 the population would reach 290,400 – making it the third-fastest growing local government behind Wanneroo and Stirling.

Bullsbrook is predicted as the suburb with the biggest population growth by 2036, with a 284.3 per cent increase, followed by an urban growth corridor including Brabham, Dayton and Caversham as the second-fastest growing area in the City, with 251.8 per cent and Ellenbrook with 72.3 per cent.

Swan chief executive Mike Foley said in recent years Ellenbrook had undergone an enormous population growth, which had contributed to its reputation as one of the State’s fastest growing suburbs.

“The City’s focus now and in the future is to provide the best services and infrastructure to accommodate for our growing community,” he said.

“We put a lot of time and energy into securing funding commitments for the City’s key advocacy priorities, which include new roads, facilities, services and other forms of infrastructure for our growing community.”

Mr Foley said one of the City’s key requirements for the continued growth of Ellenbrook and surrounding areas was to secure funding for an indoor sport space.

“One of our highest priorities for the Ellenbrook region is the construction of an indoor leisure centre, as the third stage of the Ellenbrook District Open Space project,” he said.

“An indoor recreational facility will address the shortfall of an indoor sport space across the district, where residents need to travel 16km to the nearest City leisure centre, and will further address the increasing needs of the booming local population.

“The project requires State Government funding to move forward.”

He said the City had been proactive in implementing development contribution plans (DPCs) and special area rates to fund local infrastructure.

“The City has a number of DCP’s in our growth regions, particularly around Brabham, Dayton and Caversham.

“These DCP’s set out formal agreements whereby a development will contribute a sum of money to the City for the construction of roads, drainage, parks and even community centres.”

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